I have a 3 year old mare, however, as we are taking it slow we are just long lining (bare minimum at this point, W-T). If you would like to see a video of her on the lines I am more than willing to PM it to you. We won't be riding for a bit, as she has some growing to do.
Mine is 5 now and I have no recent video. But I let me tell you I had a total ZEN lesson with her yesterday. I exhale --she gets soft and rhythmic. And then does this fabulous canter on both leads. I was over the moon, trainer said best she's seen us do (yet). And no video to prove it.
"Reite dein Pferd vorwärts und richte es gerade.” Gustav Steinbrecht
This is my mom's big gelding Don William. He was 4 on April 22nd. Liam was started in the late summer/early fall last year, had about 2 months off and then went to Aiken to see the world over the winter. He is really truly 17.2 and still growing, which is why he has gone and done quite a bit already - too big to not be in a program! Liam does have his own page on our website if anyone wants to see the cute duckling-year/yakling-beginnings of a swan stages and there a bunch more videos and photos. I did ride him at his first schooling show 2 weeks ago and we got a 7.5 in the 4 Year Old Test...no major bobbles, just a bit of tension in the canter - which is my fault as I am wickedly unfit.
There are 2 other 2007 geldings that are undersaddle as well. Whodini & Wall Street were started in February of this year and are coming along nicely. Since they're about 6 months behind in leather time and missed out on a trip to Aiken, they aren't quite as worldly as Liam is but we are expecting them to catch up quickly over the summer.
Our 2008's are learning to loose school, jump through baby grids and wear tack currently. They will be started undersaddle (for real) in June/July/August of this year.
ETA: Oh and yes, we are primarily a dressage barn. And I am most definitely a dressage rider.
Here's a link to a video of my 5yr KWPN gelding from last year. http://www.youtube.com/user/Boviro01#p/u/8/2L0qKKe1ZlA. At the time he was about 6 months under saddle. In this video I am beginning work to establish contact. He is naturally very light in bridle and now even as a 5 year I still would like him to take the bit more confidently. I have posted additional videos on YouTube that catalog our progress over the past year. He is a very large and heavy boned warmblood, last year was all about conditioning. I have him now very forward, so currently schooling on taking down the tempo but keeping the energy.
We did spend a good period on the longe before backing him, so he had the muscle to carry himself fairly round. He does go a little low for my taste at times but he's still working out the contact/head position thing with a rider here and I'm trying to just let him work it out.
And here's a little Andalusian-cross 3yo at two weeks under saddle in the pouring rain--he was trained to drive before we bought him, which made him very easy to start in some ways.
TR - I'll work on the website today. Thanks for letting me know the links aren't working! If you guys have a chance, please poke around and let me know if there are other pages/links that aren't working. (thank you so much)
Wizard w/ 20 days of U/S training, then about 3 weeks later. He had about another week with Roddy and then was turned out to grow until January that next winter. Here's his first ride back after the break. Then after 3 more rides with Ryan.
She is a huge mover! She is forward and rhythmic as well, which is a big plus in lower level dressage.
She is built slightly downhill, but I think you can correct some of that when riding if you ask her to carry more with her haunches.
Well, here's my guy that I like to think is a nice young horse. This was in March where he's still 4, but coming 5. He is about 6 mos under saddle here, but still very green for lack of CONSISTENT work. And I really think he'd be even nicer with a better rider than me, and with regular work. We were working on W-T and baby leg yields, and then we did some canter on the lunge line because he needs work on balance. The trainer had tried to canter him (not on the video) before that and he was really "humping" into the transitions and heavy on the forehand. So she put him on the lunge to sharpen up the canter.
He is now 5yo and STILL not on a consistent work schedule due to the rain rain rain we have been getting here in Cincy. I don't have a ring and ride on a grassy field at home, so since it's still MUD MUD MUD I cannot do that safely. I have to trailer him out every time I want to ride, and I can only afford to do that 2 times per week. I can't WAIT to be able to start riding him at home and get him REALLY going this year!
He is an Oldenburg NA by Mannhattan (Furioso II/Wendepunkt lines), out of an RCMP mare by Gaucho (Matcho AA). Interesting lines, mostly jumper/all arounder types, but I think he'll make a nice dressage horse one day!
He'll be 3 in June so obviously we don't do much of anything yet.
Yes, he's by Sempatico out of a very nice BWP mare.
When I first saw him at 4 months old, he galloped across his pasture and did that lovely lengthened canter and I had to cover my mouth and turn away so the breeder couldn't see my expression. I tried to play it cool. I was smitten.
He's very wiggly. This was the first ride where he went fairly straight for any amount of time.
Here's my 2008 KWPN filly 60 days or so under saddle. I had only had her back from the cowboy trainer for 10 days at this point and I was working on accepting contact and forwardness with her. She accepts contact quite well but the forward part we are still working on...she's a lazy lass . Love her to bits though!
She's by the Oldenburg stallion L'andiamo, out of an imported international showjumper mared who is by Zeus and out of a Voltaire mare.